5 remarkable insights from the Fascia Research congress
- Fascia Research Congress in Berlin had 1000 visitors.
- Atlasbalans was there with 20 people, interviewed all researchers and did a teaser summarizing the congress.
- In this post, you’ll find the teaser and 5 remarkable insights from the Fascia Research congress.
Carla Stecco presented the discovery of a brand new cell
- The main talking point of the 2018 Fascia Research Congress was Professor of Human Anatomy & Movement Sciences Carla Steccos discovery of a brand new cell – the Fasciacyte.
- Before we thought that the fibroblast produced both collagen and hyaluronic acid (HA) but now Stecco showed that it is actually this new cell that is responsible for the substance aiding with the gliding and sliding function of the Fascia.
- This challenges all therapists treating fascia as fasciacytes responds to shear and fibroblast responds to load and stretch – we must adjust our treatment depending on the desired effect!
Should you drink water both BEFORE and after treatment?
- Melody Swartz, Professor in Molecular Engineering showed new imagery of how increased fluid flow will help the body heal itself – the flow actually makes the collagen threads of the extracellular matrix restructure.
- Most therapists recommend their patients to drink water after the treatment. But do you know why? Professor Swartz asked the question to the audience and pointed out that drinking water helps the flowing and healing – while challenging therapists to have their patients drink BEFORE the treatment as well.
Could PMS be fascia related?
- In postmenstrual and pregnancy phase the collagen type 1 production is decreased and collagen type 3 is increased. Type 1 is very strong and helps with the fluid flow – especially for walking and working out. Type 3, on the other hand, gets stuck and stiff much quicker. For example, for pregnant women, the fluid flow needs to go in the right direction especially since a woman’s activity level is probably decreased.
- The therapists can help women with something so natural yet unpleasant- by making it more comfortable since collagen type 3 needs a little push to be more floaty.
Classical anatomy admits the importance of fascia
- Classical anatomy has started to pay attention to fascia. The reason is a new kind of research tool called optical biopsy- the acquisition of microscopic images of tissue, instantaneously and in a minimally invasive manner, characterizing tissue in vivo, during an endoscopic or surgical procedure. Dr. Neil Thiese, liver pathologist, is passionately outspoken on that matter and you can listen further about his opinion and research in the video above.
- This is revolutionary for therapists because classical medicine workers start to admit the importance of their work.
Healing wounds quicker with fascia treatment
- Basic Medical Sciences and Physiology professor Paul Standley had a lecture on why do we do the treatment as long as we do; In 1913 was the last discussion about the length of the treatment. But it wasn’t thought through how long and pressured should each movement be. Standley started practicing and testing with different time and pressure levels. For example, for wound healing, low pressure for a long time is much better.
- Have you ever thought – what have you optimized your treatment for?